Don't take risks during tree-work
The Council would like to remind landowners to ensure that only trained and competent people are used to deal with fallen trees.
The task of removing damaged or fallen trees becomes more hazardous when working in severe weather so extra care must be taken. Any person using a chainsaw should be properly trained and, if they are not, they should seek help from an appropriately trained and competent professional.
Brentwood Borough Council asks those undertaking tree work to take the following advice:
- Anyone using a chainsaw should have received adequate training and be competent in using a chain saw for the type of work they are carrying out
- Suitable protective equipment should be worn, no matter how small the job, including: safety helmet; hearing protection; eye protection; upper body protection; gloves; leg protection; and chainsaw boots
- Avoid working alone with a chainsaw
- Before starting work, operators should check work sites thoroughly to identify potential hazards
- Operators need to be both physically and mentally fit before using a chainsaw
- Chainsaws should not be used by anyone under the age of 16
- Chainsaws expose operators to high levels of noise and hand-arm vibration, which can be controlled by good management and practice
- Proper maintenance is essential for the safe use of chainsaws.
Further specific information is available on the HSE Website